The Richmond Register

February 9, 2014

Young Richmond woman, Louisville man killed in compound accident

Indiana man charged with drunk driving


Register Staff Report

RICHMOND — A young Richmond woman died Sunday night after a five-vehicle accident on Interstate 75 just north of Richmond.

A South Bend, Ind., man was jailed and charged with drunk driving in connection with the 7:29 p.m. accident, according to a Kentucky State Police news release.

Meredith L. Buscher, 22, died at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, the release stated.

A Louisville man, Jeffrey R. Campbell, 30, was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Madison County Coroner.

A Ft. Thomas man, Clifford H. Steinhauer, 41, was transported to the UK Medical Center for treatment.

Five vehicles were involved in a series of accidents that led to the death and injuries, according to the KSP release from Trooper Robert Purdy.

A white 1999 Ford Explorer, operated by Bryan M. Mangan, 56, was traveling north on I-75 near the 91.5 mile marker when he lost control of his vehicle, causing him to collide with a guardrail and other vehicles, before overturning and partially blocking the interstate's left lane.

In addition to being charged with aggravated driving under the influence, first degree, Trooper Phillip Powell also charged Mangan with driving on a suspended license.

Buscher and Campbell got out of their vehicles after the first accident and were struck by another vehicle, said Madison County Deputy Coroner Carlos Coyle.

According to Buscher's Facebook page, she worked as a recruiter for Insight Global Inc. She graduated from Madison Central High School in 2009 and from the University of Kentucky in 2013.

She was living in Lexington and had come to Richmond on Sunday for a friend's birthday celebration.

The accident remains under investigation by Trooper Jack Hedges of the KSP accident reconstruction team. He was assisted at the scene by KSP Post 7 personnel, the Madison County Sheriff's Office, Madison County Coroner, Richmond Fire Department, Madison County Fire Department and the Madison County EMS.

Traffic on the interstate was restricted for hours in both directions. However, two lanes were open in each direction by 10:30 p.m. Coyle said.

Snow began to fall after the accident, further complicating investigation of the confusing scene and slowing traffic. However, weather did not appear to be a factor in the accident, the deputy coroner said.